TJ Perenara reaches century for Hurricanes
Cape Town - TJ Perenara will join the Hurricanes '100 club' on Saturday
when he lines up against the Highlanders in their Super Rugby derby in
Kick-off is at 08:35 SA time.
The All Blacks scrumhalf is part of a side that contains just one
change to the starting side that defeated the Crusaders 29-19 in their
last match with Murray Douglas replacing Vaea Fifita who has a minor
Hurricanes head coach Chris Boyd has also made two changes to the
bench from that match with All Blacks prop Jeff Toomaga-Allen returning
after being sidelined with injury.
Toomaga-Allen, who played 30 minutes for the Hurricanes Development
side last Saturday, replaces Marcel Renata who made his Hurricanes debut
against the Crusaders after coming on late in the match.
In the other change on the bench, Reed Prinsep comes in for Blade Thomson.
Perenara will be the 13th Hurricanes player to reach 100 games for
the club as he follows Dane Coles, Andrew Hore, Cory Jane, Ma'a Nonu,
Julian Savea, Conrad Smith, Rodney So'oialo, Jeremy Thrush, Neemia
Tialata, Tana Umaga, Victor Vito and Beauden Barrett who brought up the
milestone against the Crusaders.
After making his debut as a replacement against the Stormers at Cape
Town in 2012, Perenara has gone on to make 94 starts for the Hurricanes
while he has paired 82 times with Barrett in Super Rugby.
He has also captained the Hurricanes 16 times while he has scored more tries than any other scrumhalf in Super Rugby history.
Barrett, 14 Julian Savea, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Ngani Laumape, 11 Ben Lam, 10
Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Gareth Evans, 7 Ardie Savea, 6 Brad Shields
(captain), 5 Sam Lousi, 4 Murray Douglas, 3 Ben May, 2 Ricky Riccitelli, 1
Substitutes: 16 Asafo Aumua, 17 Fraser Armstrong, 18 Jeff
Toomaga-Allen, 19 Michael Fatialofa, 20 Reed Prinsep, 21 Richard Judd, 22
Ihaia West, 23 Vince Aso
Smith (captain), 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Rob Thompson, 12 Tei Walden, 11 Tevita
Li, 10 Lima Sopoaga, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Luke Whitelock, 7 Dillon Hunt, 6 Elliot
Dixon, 5 Tom Franklin, 4 Jackson Hemopo, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 2 Liam Coltman, 1
Substitutes: 16 Ash Dixon, 17 Aki Seiuli, 18 Siate Tokolahi,
19 Shannon Frizell, 20 Marino Mikaele Tu'u, 21 Kayne Hammington, 22 Josh Ioane,
23 Matt Faddes